“A Grandmother’s Love” (Courtesy of Women’s UN Reporting Network and USA National Resource Center on Domestic Violence)
“A good-for-nothing man is an evil-doer; he goes on his way causing trouble with false words…” (Prov. 6: 12).
Baby girl, you are so precious. You are so precious, you don’t even know. Your Mama and I loved you from the moment she brought you into this world. Even before that. Your Daddy left early on, but we loved you just the same.
We rocked you, walked the floors with you when you were teething, saw you take your first step. We cooked for you, we mended your clothes. We saw you on the bus that first day of school. You were so pretty, your hair all done up in ribbons. Maybe you can’t remember, but I do.
You and I, we lost your Mama to hard work, then no work, then those devil drugs. You must have asked me a million times where she was, on those nights she didn’t come home to us. But she loved you. She tried her best. It just wasn’t enough in this cruel world.
Your Mama tried to help you with your lessons, in the beginning, taught you one and one makes two. Do you remember that? It was just that the lessons she had to learn were harder – lessons about hard men, and the hard road a woman faces alone.
Now you want to run after this man! This good-for-nothing man?! You think he’s going to give you something you don’t already have? He doesn’t want to give. All he wants to do is take from you. Take your hips, take your fresh young face, take your smile. But you believe his promises, promises as empty as noise.
Is it because your Daddy wasn’t there to tell you how special you are? Is it because you didn’t see yourself in his eyes? We tried, your Mama and I, tried to tell you that, tried to show you every which way we could. Try and remember, baby girl. Continue reading